CLEVELAND - They're baby steps, and they're much too late, but they represent progress. And Adam Dunn will take it.
It sure beats crawling with your tail between your legs.
Dunn lined two opposite-field doubles in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader against the Indians on Tuesday, driving in a run with one of them. It was the first time this season that Dunn has had back-to-back multi-hit games. His approach is to forget about home runs "and just get hits.''
"Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't,'' Dunn said. "But I'm just trying to finish up as strong as I can, personally, and getting back to what I do."
Dunn repeated to reporters what he told the Sun-Times last week, that he doesn't want to talk about the season when it's over.
"This year is over,'' he said. "When this year is over, it's over - good, bad, anything - it's over.
"I don't know what Dr. Phil or anyone would say about it, but that's the way I'm going to go about it. It's been obviously a hard season, not for me, but my family and everyone that's associated with me. So I think everyone wants to put it behind them, too. So that's what we're going to do."
Batting fourth in Game 2, Dunn grounded out sharply, struck out for the 166th time this season and walked in his first three plate appearances.